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I'm shamelessly copying this idea for the thread from another car forum.

Reading this thread may help other members (new or old) remember to do some simple but forgotten maintenance, or inspire them to accomplish that long desired mod, or simply learn something new about their Insight.

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- Changed oil with Peak full synthetic oil.

- Changed cabin filter. It's helpful to clean leaf and other debris from the filter box with vacuum or air pressure.

- Replaced spark plugs. OF COURSE I had "A" plugs in there instead of the required "B" plugs. (Don't forget to use anti-seize compound on the new plug threads.)
 

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Well, no maintenance stuff, but I drove to work with no inner passenger-side door panel. I had to take it out so I can do a speaker install, but I didn't get it finished up today. Who knows, might stay like that until the weekend!
 

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I got gas.

10.040g @ $3.219/gal

531.0mi
53.3mpg(FCD)
52.9mpg(calculated)
245,044mi

:p
 

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Had my water pump, tensioner pulley, and serpentine belt replaced at 171,000 miles. No more wretched shrieking noise that made it sound like it was powered by an abused chimpanzee.

$531 was the bill. That's almost half the cost of the new head unit I want to upgrade to!
 

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Which part created the noise?
531...............Did you call the cops, you got robbed.

Willie
 

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I made a chart using the required / recommended maintenance from the OM, and IC experts' suggestions, listing by mileage (155k, 160k, etc) what I need to have done. Helpful reminder for a forgetful old guy.

btw: was wondering about wheel bearings, finding out in other threads they're sealed and require no maintenance:confused:

..Bob
 

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I made a chart using the required / recommended maintenance from the OM, and IC experts' suggestions, listing by mileage (155k, 160k, etc) what I need to have done.
..Bob
That may something nice to share with the rest of us forgetful people. ;)
 

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Which part created the noise?
531...............Did you call the cops, you got robbed.

Willie
It was probably the tensioner pulley, but I don't positively know. Yes, that bill hurt. Oh well... I only paid $5400 for the car and haven't had it a year yet. I'm doing 10 hours of interstate driving this weekend and did not need to be concerned about anything more than which albums to play.
 

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It was probably the tensioner pulley, but I don't positively know. Yes, that bill hurt. Oh well... I only paid $5400 for the car and haven't had it a year yet. I'm doing 10 hours of interstate driving this weekend and did not need to be concerned about anything more than which albums to play.
in my car on a cross country trip once i was going through no-man's land on the kilpatrick turnpike in Oklahoma in driving rain at night. It was from a hurricane actually. very bad. my dc-dc converter stopped working. it was not fun driving at night with the heater fan running (defrost), headlights on and wipers going, all from the puny 12v battery. i took it for about 40 miles until i could pull over. i found a gas station and stopped for a while. mercifully, the dc-dc came back on again and I made it the rest of the way to my destination. i don't really trust my car anymore. :mad:
 

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I stalled my engine while making a left turn, and another car hit me. He had 200 feet to respond, but instead he decided to hit me at full speed..... never braking.

No just kidding.

That's ALMOST what happened but I had enough time to restart the car. And yes the guy really did come at me full speed w/o ever braking or slowing. I don't understand why he would Not slow down when he saw my car stall right in front of him. (Maybe he's one of those aggresive/angry drivers and wanted to "punch" me... with his car.)
 

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I bought 570,000 miles worth of air filters (because ACdelco is discontinuing them) and 600,000 miles worth of oil filters (because $8 for Mobil1 filters is cheap). Also found some cheap 0w-20 synthetic oil at $5.50

My last 2-3 pages of all my car manuals have written records like so, with the listed interval for the maintenance, and the actual mileage when I did the action. I refer to the back of the manual every time I visit a dealer so I can remember what needs to be done. Why? Because I used to have a 90 Dodge Shadow and I didn't realize it needed new plugs periodically. It drove just fine until suddenly the plugs stopped firing at about 40,000 miles past due. Ooops.

air filter (30,000) transmission fluid (60,000) spark plugs (100,000)
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31000.......................60000.......................101000
60000
89000
121000
et cetera, et cetera
 

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That's ALMOST what happened but I had enough time to restart the car. And yes the guy really did come at me full speed w/o ever braking or slowing. I don't understand why he would Not slow down when he saw my car stall right in front of him. (Maybe he's one of those aggresive/angry drivers and wanted to "punch" me... with his car.)
More likely texting while driving ;) No one would hit an Insight deliberately - would they?

I waxed my Pearl blue beauty.
 

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Been futzing, getting the car ready for a drive to NY and back for the holidays, planning on leaving tomorrow or Sunday.

Installed new front speakers (Infiniti Reference 6032si) fortunately dropped right in without having to mod the stock speaker covers or cut out the door panels, will prolly do the rears today or tomorrow. Only complication was that they use 4 screws to mount vs. the stocker's three. Was easy enough on the door, re-used the top mounting point and self-tappped the screws on either side into the plastic and left off the bottom screw as there was no there there, rears will probably require drilling out of the rings and the rear bulkhead to provide correctly-located mounting points.

Even with just the front speakers replaced, there's definitely a significant improvement in sound quality.

Polished my headlights which were slightly hazy from UV damage two days ago, they look nearly perfect now (from about 4 feet away at any rate) and I was surprised how much of a difference it made driving in the dark as they really weren't "that bad".

Trickle-charged the 12V battery just to be safe, figured it couldn't hurt particularly if i'm going to experience starts that use the conventional starter. Checked fluids, put proper freeze-protected washer fluid in.

Going to me local Honda dealer today for an oil change and I'm having them install the Fumoto valve I've had sitting on my dresser for the past three months.

Looking forward to the adventure of piloting my dinky car back east. I've done this trip lots of times, just usually in a big GM luxury car. Curious to experience how the car behaves in actual cold weather.
 

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Polished my headlights which were slightly hazy from UV damage two days ago
What product? My lights are so dirty you can't see the bulbs. Figure it's only a matter of time til they fail annual PA inspection.

I just drove 3000 miles from L.A. to Salt Lake City, to Philadelphia. Car held-up just fine though fast driving only gave me 58mpg.
 

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Installed new front speakers ..... there's definitely a significant improvement in sound quality.
It amazes me that such a high-tech car would come with speakers from the dark ages.

Going to me local Honda dealer today for an oil change and I'm having them install the Fumoto valve I've had sitting on my dresser for the past three months.
I installed mine on my last oil change- elegantly simple. It's makes doing oil changes much easier/cleaner and the risk of overtightening and stripping threads is eliminated since you aren't messing the plug bolt any more.
 

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Doesn't surprise me. Most things in the Insight (and also the Leaf I testdrove) are subpar. Quiet speakers. Wimpy windshield wipers. Slow-spinning vent fan. Weak window motors. Both these cars were designed with lightweight accessories, which means less powerful accessories.
 

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What product? My lights are so dirty you can't see the bulbs. Figure it's only a matter of time til they fail annual PA inspection.

I just drove 3000 miles from L.A. to Salt Lake City, to Philadelphia. Car held-up just fine though fast driving only gave me 58mpg.
Product isn't that important to me, just used some swirl remover stuff, followed by Aeroshell Plexicoat and then a hand application of Rejex; all stuff I already had laying around the garage.

To my mind the real important item is a Makita 9227c polisher. It isn't cheap, but it's endlessly useful in keeping your cars shiny.

I have a couple of Buick Reattas which have polycarbonate full-width clear outer lenses on the taillight assemblies that oxidize something awful if you don't keep them polished and given that it's such a prominent styling element of the car it's hard to ignore as they change from clear and glossy to opaque and a beige-ish matte. I did my Reatta taillights by hand for over a dozen years, ignoring the advice a knowledgeable friend who lives out here in Arizona. A couple of years ago I was visiting AZ and he showed me how it made quick work of restoring the appearance of a trashed Reatta taillight and I was sold, bought one as soon as I got back home to NY. Wish I had listened to him sooner.

I was mainly cleaning up the headlights for cosmetic reasons, I bought the Insight out here in AZ so I wanted it looking appropriately spiffy for my friends and family back east who haven't previously seen it. I really didn't realize the amount of output I was losing until I noticed how much better I could see while driving at night.

One of those headlight restoration kits that attach to a drill would probably work, though you should try to put on a UV protectant afterwards to help forestall the inevitable re-haze for as long as possible.

I did a trip from Phoenix to San Diego and back in my Insight recently and managed 67MPG. I figure taking the Honda and getting say 60-ish MPG vs the 20-25 that all of the rest of the fleet seems to get makes it a no-brainer, besides I don't want to accumulate miles on the other (older and low mileage) cars or potentially expose them to road salt. Dunno how I'll feel about my decision 2000 miles into the trip though. Hopefully my back will be able to take it.

Car was serviced today by the Honda dealer. Fumoto valve is installed, though I was surprised that they removed the externally-mounted tear-drop shaped rubber thingy from the engine block. It ain't leaking so I guess it's fine?

They bring the car out front for me to drive away and the check engine light was on. So, back I take the car back into service department where four guys stood around scratching their heads, checked and reset the codes and the "service advisor" told me it was an oxygen sensor code for "no signal" and it could be "bad gas". (sigh) Well the SES light was off at that point so there's wasn't anything to be gained by arguing with him.

Oh, and they thoughtfully let the air out of my tires so I had 30PSI all 'round. :mad: I've put 'em back to 50PSI.
 

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So what is the SES light?
I assume you mean CEL.

On your trip to San Diego, how did you like the "grade" from Ocitillo to Jacumba?

On your next SD trip, PM me for my cell # and I'll buy you some coffee at the Golden Acorn Casino.
I'm about 10 miles south/west.
 

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Only thing that hurt me on my long trip was my feet. So I took my shoes off and drove with just socks. (Oh and my hands when I had to scrape ice off the window in Salt Lake..... remember to buy an ice scraper before leaving.) Lean the seat back to remove some of the stress off your back/spine. It's like sitting in a recliner.
 
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